Kip Macy, a software developer well-known in FreeBSD circles, purchased 744-746 Clementina in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood with his wife Nicole for $995,000 in 2005. The couple then moved to evict the tenants to replace them with renters who would pay more, which would be a violation of San Francisco rent-control laws and California's Ellis Act. Now they've been arrested after allegedly terrorizing residents who protested:
When one of the tenants, Scott Morrow, successfully fought eviction, the couple allegedly told workers in September 2006 to cut the beams that supported his apartment's floor. They also shut off Morrow's electricity, cut his phone line and had workers saw a hole in his living room floor from below, prosecutors said.
The landlords now face multiple felony charges of conspiracy, burglary, grand theft and stalking. And here we thought open-source developers were relaxed about property rights.